Monday, 1 June 2020


George Floyd died of 'asphyxiation from sustained pressure' to his neck and back applied by Officer Derek Chauvin and two other officers, an independent autopsy ordered by his family has found.

Attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Antonio Romanucci, who are representing the family of George Floyd, announced the findings of the independent autopsy Monday afternoon.

Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson were hired by the Floyd family's legal team to conduct the independent autopsy after they rejected the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's official ruling last week that he hadn’t died from 'strangulation or asphyxia'. 

In contrast, Baden and Wilson say the sustained pressure applied by Derek Chauvin on George Floyd's neck impeded blood flow to his brain, while weight applied by two other officers, who had placed their knees into his back, also impeded his ability to breathe.

The pathologists cited Floyd's cause of death as mechanical asphyxia, with the manner of his death ruled a homicide.

Crump and Romanucci called for Chauvin to be charged with first-degree murder, and also said the other three officers involved in the incident - J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao - should be arrested as well, though didn't specify on what charges.

'They knew that they were applying restraints that could or would cause death,' Romanucci said. 'They are criminally liable because they knew what they were doing could lead to death.'

'Not only was the knee on George’s neck a cause of his death, but so was the weight of the other two police officers on his back, who not only prevented blood flow into his brain but also air flow into his lungs,' he continued.

The findings of Baden and Wilson greatly differ from the ruling of an autopsy conducted by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office on Floyd last week.

Their independent evaluation also found that Floyd had 'no underlying medical problems that caused or contributed to his death,' contrary to the rulings of the medical examiner.

'This is confirmed by information from myself, from Dr. Wilson, and from the family,' Baden said. '[Mr. Floyd] was in good health.' Daily Mail


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